Meacham Airport honored for sustainability efforts

Meacham International Airport received honorable mention for continued efforts to improve sustainability during the 2017 Airports Going Green award ceremony in Dallas. Meacham Airport was recognized for its LEED-certified renovation of the Administration Building.

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About the renovation

In January 2015, the airport broke ground on a new 85,000-square-foot administration building, gutting the existing one for renovation, demolishing part of it and adding a third floor to meet future tenants’ needs.

The renovation project addressed many deficiencies, including outdated heating/ventilation and air conditioning systems, cooling towers that were under constant repair, lack of fire protection in certain areas and Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility concerns.

A company called View Glass donated exterior glass for the building. The state-of-the-art system can automatically tint the glass depending on the position of the sun and will significantly reduce the building’s energy usage. There are sensors on each side of the building that measure the light hitting it and adjust the exterior tinting of the glass to a predetermined setting. The building has new energy-efficient HVAC systems and uses LED lighting to reduce energy usage.

The Meacham Administration Building was built in 1968 as a two-story building with the capacity to become a five-story building. Other than a first-floor addition in 1982, there have been no updates to the original structure. The recent renovation removed the 1982 addition, increasing the size of the public apron for aircraft parking.

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